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Café Main Street (previously Café Hope and Café Hope Walker) is located on Main Street. It was formerly a Post Office, shop and café but following a fire in January 2011 which killed original proprietor Viv Hope as well as Terry Woods, Viv's widow Bob Hope decided to just re-open the building as a café.

History

2011-2014

In January 2011, the Post Office and shop owned by Viv Hope was set alight after Nick Henshall, suffering from hero syndrome, set fire to Victoria Cottage, the home of his girlfriend Katie Sugden. The fire traveled down the maisonettes and to the shop. Terry Woods and Viv's husband Bob Hope went in to save Viv and their twins, Heath and Cathy. Bob rescued the twins but as the firefighters prepared to save Viv and Terry, the shop exploded, killing both Viv and Terry.[1] Following the fire, Bob decided to just re-open the building as a café. 

2015-2019

In 2015, Bob took some money out of his and Brenda's joint account to help daughter Carly Hope with her new shop, Hope for the Best. When her shop was flooded, Carly then took £2000 out the cafe till which was for Brenda's late daughter Gennie's playground memorial. Bob took some more money out of a pay-day loan and replaced it when Brenda started to become suspicious. After a few weeks, Brenda found out and called the police. Bob and Val Pollard, who had posed as Brenda to get money for the shop, were questioned and then released. Carly had run off which made Bob useless. And after Val died in August, Bob was in even more trouble as Val couldn't stick up for him. But when he found himself in a fight with Finn Barton, Bob was arrested on breach of his bail conditions.

Harriet Finch had agreed to help Brenda track down Carly, and visited Bob in prison. In the visiting room, Harriet saw a criminal that she had locked up and needed to give evidence against, so warned Bob to stay away. Bob then informed her that he was Bob's cellmate. He later beat Bob up in the prison showers and Bob ended up in hospital.

On 18th August 2016, Bob prepared the Cafe for a mothers and children group, hoping that it could become a regular event.[2] The opening, however, was derailed when Belle Dingle burst into the Cafe where, triggered by the sight of infants and tormented by the voice in her head, she suffered a mental breakdown which caused a disturbance.[3]

In August 2018, as the café struggled financially, Bob suggested he stopped working there and only collected the profits from his share when there were any, although Bob would eventually return to working at the café in the coming years.

2020 to present

In March 2020, Brenda accidentally caused Dan Spencer to suffer a severe allergic reaction when serving him one of her sandwiches, unaware it contained almonds which he is deadly allergic too. After Dan is left wheelchair-bound, he eventually threatens Brenda with legal action which the cafe owner couldn't afford. In July, Nicola King seized the opportunity presented by Brenda's misfortune and offered to invest £20,000 in exchange for a 20% share which Brenda and Bob were forced to accept to stay afloat.

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